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A visit to Easter Island

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

The first week of February, I visited Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,300 miles east of Chile, which owns the island. It had been on my bucket list for years. Two other Knoxvillians who have previously visited Easter Island are Will Skelton, active greenways advocate and retired attorney, and Jeff Chapman, well respected director of the McClung Museum on the UT Knoxville campus.

Getting there is part of the adventure, as one flies to Santiago, the capital of Chile, overnight and then flies five hours west over the Pacific to the island, which is partway to Australia from Chile. There are daily flights to the island from Santiago. Otherwise, one goes by ship, and they are infrequent.

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Jim Henry can help Bill Haslam

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Recently, comments were attributed to Gov. Bill Haslam regarding the proposed gas tax hike that seemed out of character for him. He was quoted from Shelbyville telling gas tax opponents to “bring it on” if they wanted to fight a gas tax increase.

As many readers of this column know, Bill Haslam is one of the nicest persons you will ever meet. He is never derogatory about opposing points of view and prefers resolving issues to confrontations. So when he urges opponents to go to war with him, that is not the Bill Haslam we know.

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